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Delegation of educators visits Seattle schools as part of international conference
A delegation of educators this month visited Chief Sealth International High School, Denny International Middle School, and John Stanford International Elementary School as part of an international conference this month.
Jeff Clark, principal of Denny International, said the staff was pleased to have the chance to welcome educators from around the globe to see the powerful things happening with scholars at Denny International.
"The opportunity to network and discuss global educational issues is important and was insightful,” Clark said.
Seattle Public Schools is part of a new initiative called the Global Cities Education Network (GCEN). The first GCEN meeting took place in Hong Kong on May 10-12, 2012, and included participating cities: Chicago, Denver, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Seattle, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Toronto.
Participants identified several common, high-priority problems of practice and agreed to initially focus on:
• the need to develop and sustain a high-quality teaching force, and
• the need to improve educational outcomes for low performing and linguistically and culturally diverse students.
Participants from each of the partner cities arrived in Seattle for the second conference, which began Jan. 17, with visits to the three schools.
Chris Kinsey, principal of Chief Sealth. said, “Chief Sealth International High School continues to open its doors to the world. Collaborating with international educators to create new opportunities for our students is a core element of who we are as an International School.”
Photo above shows the international delegation from the Global Cities Education Network at Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School.
Photo below shows Superintendent José Banda speaking with educators from Melbourne at Denny International Middle School.